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Table clock with Dial Painted by Zoffany

Ca. 1760
Origin: England, London
OH: 18 3/4"; OW: 13"; OD: 8 1/4"
Ebonized pearwood, oak, brass, silvered bass, gilt, and steel
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1938-60
Bracket or table clock with bell top case with carrying handle, brass pineapple finials, brass framed apertures on all sides, applied brass female bust and trailing flower mounts on all four canted corners and raised on brass bracket feet. Eight-day, three-train movement, knife edge suspension, quarter chimes and musical pieces. The musical barrel is pinned for eight bells with sixteen hamers. Square dial with chapter ring surrounding stippled center with square date aperture at bottom and shaped name aperture at top engraved "Stepn Rimbault/ London", applied rococo scroll and shell spandrels at corners around chapter ring, strike/not strike lever at proper right edge of dial plate by number 45, 1-2 lever at proper left edge of dial plate by number 15, painted scene of four musicians above containing automata (moveable) arms. Fully engraved backplate.
Provenance:Ex Coll: William Randolph Hearst
Inscription(s):Dial engraved "Stepn Rimbault/ London"
Inscribed (scratched) on going barrel are the following:
"E. Larroudé jeun 1872"
"Ane 1790"
"Ant [or c] Guinea"
"? D"
"Joachim Richard"